Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

A book is the best way to escape one's life and live a second one. If you're a book-lover, then the statements below will sound familiar to you:

1- “I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”
― George R.R. Martin

2- “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” 

― Jorge Luis Borges

3- “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” 

― Jorge Luis Borges

4- “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” 

–Jorge Luis Borges

5- “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

6- “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” 

― Orhan Pamuk

7- “I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.” 

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

8- “I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

― J.K. Rowling

9- “I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”

― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

10- “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

11- “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

12- “I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.”

― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

13- “I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.”

― Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World

14- “It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others - even my nearest and dearest - there always comes a moment when I'd rather be reading a book.”

― Maureen Corrigan, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing

15- “I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”

― L.M. Montgomery

16- “When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.”

― Jean Fritz

17- “I love the way that each book—any book—is its own journey. You open it, and off you go….”

― Sharon Creech

18- “I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that's way more interesting that yours will ever be.”

― Elizabeth Scott, Bloom

19- “I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

20- “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”

― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

21- “It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”

― John Waters

22- “I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself.”

― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

23- “Of course I loved books more than people.”

― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

24- “I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.”

― Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber

25- “I was burning through books every day - stories about people and places I'd never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

26- “I understood books. I did not understand boys—especially alien boys.”

― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx

27- “I can imagine no greater bliss than to lie about, reading novels all day.”

― Julia Quinn, Ten Things I Love About You

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Although it is a memoire, I enjoyed it endlessly, as much as I enjoy the great stories writers are telling. As I was reading, I often got the momentary feeling that I’m in a prison, the story was so captivating I enjoyed each chapter of it. This book, in my opinion, made the stay in Danbury worth every second of it for Piper. I’m sure that what she learned, what she did there and most importantly this book, through which she gave us a chance to relive the experience she has been through, has made the time spend in Danbury a useful time. Below are some quotes I loved most from “Orange is the new black” by “Piper Kerman”:

1- “Do your time, don’t let the time do you.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

2- “On the other hand, some people were way too comfortable in prison. They seemed to have forgotten the world that exists on the outside. You try to adjust and acclimate, yet remain ready to go home every single day. It’s not easy to do. The truth is, the prison and its residents fill your thoughts, and it’s hard to remember what it’s like to be free, even after a few short months.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

3- “I knew that I would have to be brave. Not foolhardy, not in love with risk and danger, not making ridiculous exhibitions of myself to prove that I wasn't terrified--really genuinely brave. Brave enough to be quiet when quiet was called for, brave enough to observe before flinging myself into something, brave enough to not abandon my true self when someone else wanted to seduce or force me in a direction I didn't want to go, brave enough to stand my ground quietly.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

4- “Every human being makes mistakes and does things they’re not proud of. They can be everyday, or they can be catastrophic. And the unfortunate truth of being human is that we all have moments of indifference to other people’s suffering. To me, that’s the central thing that allows crime to happen: indifference to other people’s suffering. If you’re stealing from someone, if you’re hurting them physically, if you’re selling them a product that you know will hurt them—the thing that allows a person to do that is that they somehow convince themselves that that’s not relevant to them. We all do things that we’re not proud of, even though they might not have as terrible consequences.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

5- “Prison is quite literally a ghetto in the most classic sense of the world, a place where the U.S. government now puts not only the dangerous but also the inconvenient—people who are mentally ill, people who are addicts, people who are poor and uneducated and unskilled.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

6- “Nothing about the daily workings of the prison system focuses its inhabitants’ attention on what life back on the outside, as a free citizen, will be like. The life of the institution dominates everything. This is one of the awful truths of incarceration, the fact that the horror and the struggle and the interest of your immediate life behind prison walls drives the “real world” out of your head. That makes returning to the outside difficult for many prisoners.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

7- “IF YOU are a relatively small woman, and a man at least twice your size is bellowing at you in anger, and you’re wearing a prisoner’s uniform, and he has a pair of handcuffs on his belt, I don’t care how much of a badass you think you are, you’ll be fucking scared”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

8- “I had learned to hasten the days by chasing the enjoyment in them, no matter how elusive. Some people on the outside look for what is amiss in every interaction, every relationship, and every meal; they are always trying to hang their mortality on improvement. It was incredibly liberating to instead tackle the trick of making each day fly more quickly. "Time, be my friend," I repeated every day.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

9- “The formal relationship, enforced by the institution, is that one person’s word means everything and the other’s means almost nothing; one person can command the other to do just about anything, and refusal can result in total physical restraint.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

10- “It was more the idea that my intimate moments—changing clothes, lying in bed, reading, crying—were all in fact public, available for observation by these strange men.”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

11- “AS A child, a teen, a young adult, I developed a firm belief in my solitude, the not-novel concept that we are each alone in the world. Some parts self-reliance, some parts selfprotection, this belief offers a binary perspective— powerhouse or victim, complete responsibility or total divorcement, all in or out the door.

Carried to its extreme, the idea gives license to the belief that one’s own actions do not matter much; we traverse the world in our own bubbles, occasionally breaking through to one another but largely and ultimately alone. I would seem to have been ready-made for prison time then, as a familiar jailhouse trope says “you come in alone and you walk out alone,” and common counsel is to keep to oneself and mind your own business. But that’s not what I learned in prison. That’s not how I survived prison. What I discovered was that I am emphatically not alone. The people on the outside who wrote and visited every week and traveled long distances to come and tell me that I wasn’t forgotten, that I wasn’t alone, had a tremendous impact on my life.

However, most of all, I realized that I was not alone in the world because of the women I lived with for over a year, who gave me a dawning recognition of what I shared with them. We shared overcrowded Dorms and lack of privacy. We shared eight numbers instead of names, prison khakis, cheap food and hygiene items. Most important, we shared a deep reserve of humor, creativity in adverse circumstances, and the will to protect and maintain our own humanity despite the prison system’s imperative to crush it.

I don’t think any of us could have managed those survival techniques alone; I know I couldn’t—we needed each other. Small kindnesses and simple pleasures shared were so important, whether given or received, regardless of what quarter they came from, that they brought home to me powerfully that I was not alone in this world, in this life. I shared the most basic operating system with people who ostensibly had little in common with me. I could connect—perhaps with anyone.

Now here, in my third prison, I perceived an odd truth that held for each: no one ran them. Of course, somewhere in those buildings, some person with a nameplate on their desk or door was called the warden and nominally ran the place, and below them in the food chain there were captains and lieutenants. But for all practical purposes, for the prisoners, the people who lived in those prisons day in and day out, the captain’s chair was vacant, and the wheel was spinning while the sails flapped. The institutions putzed along with the absolute minimum of staff presence, and the staff that were there invariably seemed less than interested in their jobs. No one was present, interacting in any affirmative way with the people who filled those prisons.

The leadership vacuum was total. No one who worked in “corrections” appeared to give any thought to the purpose of our being there, any more than a warehouse clerk would consider the meaning of a can of tomatoes, or try to help those tomatoes understand what the hell they were doing on the shelf. Great institutions have leaders who are proud of what they do, and who engage with everyone who makes up those institutions, so each person understands their role. But our jailers are generally granted near-total anonymity, like the cartoon executioner who wears a hood to conceal his identity. What is the point, what is the reason, to lock people away for years, when it seems to mean so very little, even to the jailers who hold the key?

How can a prisoner understand their punishment to have been worthwhile to anyone, when it’s dealt in a way so offhand and indifferent?”

Piper Kerman - Orange is the new black

The book

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to read endless books with spending less or even for free? Well, today I’m suggesting some ways that will allow you to do so and that I’ve tried many of them personally:

1- Best-selling books made into films:
Since they had been made into films. The point is that these books will be certainly great. These books are not just the best-selling ones but also had been made into films, that way you can read the book and watch the film, or vice-versa. Though I, personally, prefer reading the book first because it’s the original and the full story, I often get disappointed when I see how different and un-complete the story would come out in the film, but it’s understandable since it is impossible to tell hundreds of pages in less than two hours.

2- Library:
While not all of the libraries might have the newest books and the best-selling, but many can have some interesting ones, and the cost is almost free! So that makes them a great way to read books.
By all means, having a lot of books that you’ve read can be overwhelming, some people love to collect books on their shelves and home libraries, but I myself, can’t find a room for them anymore and can’t always have a friend who’ll be interested in taking some of them. So the library would be a great solution in this case.

3- Thrift shop:
This is a perfect way to read not just great books, but also cheap ones. While it might differ from a country to another, still it’s cheaper than buying new books. It’s also exciting because you get the pleasure of shopping without the guilty feeling of spending too much money. Not that it shall count when it comes to books, but still.

4- Books exchanging:

This is a win-win. You find people who are interested in the kind of books you love reading and you exchange books every now and then. You not only get to read new books for free, but you also build new relations and what’s better than friends with whom you share some interest. And today you can easily find those people on the internet and social media, you send those books to them and receive some back. Also, a book recommended by someone else is a great way to make sure that the book will be just great.

5- Purchase from the internet:
Today, there are many sites that work just like a thrift shop, only you get to shop from home and you get to have a variety of choices. Not just but many others, you can google it. And you can always quickly check for the rating given for the book on Amazon and other sites.

15 Best Online Bookstores for Cheap New and Used Books

6- Look for inspiration:
A lot of sites today offers help with making the right choices about the books you’re looking for based on ratings readers give or even based on your interest, here are a small list of some sites that offers such services:

The Book Seer




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7- Recommendation articles:
A lot of people who are highly interested in books are now blogging about the books they read, giving recommendations and reviews which is a great way to make sure you read the right books for you. This is a list of some great recommendation posts:

Recommended Reading List

Best Book Lists

The 25 Best Books of 2016

1- The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

2- Getting the Love You Want A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix Ph.D

3- Couple Skills: Making Your Relationship Work By Matthew McKay PhD and Patrick Fanning

4- Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray

5- The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships by David Niven, Ph.D.

6- Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey

7- Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstanding by Aaron T. Beck M.D.

8- The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships by Mali Apple and Joe Dunn

9- Love, Sex and Staying Warm: Creating a Vital Relationship By Neil Rosenthal

10- The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships By John Gottman

11- 75 Habits for a Happy Marriage: Marriage Advice to Recharge and Reconnect Every Day by Ashley Davis Bush

12- Radical Marriage: Your Relationship as Your Greatest Adventure by David Steele

13- Relationships: The Ultimate Guide to Better Relationships By Mia Conrad

14- To Date a Man, You Must Understand a Man
: The Keys to Catch a Great Guy (Dating and Relationship Advice for Women) -by Gregg Michaelson

15- When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships By David Richo

16- I Love You But I Don’t Trust You: The Complete Guide to Restoring Trust in Your Relationship By Mira Kirshenbaum

17- Restore Your Marriage And Fall in Love Again by Krystal Kuehn

18- Getting Over Getting Mad by Judy Ford

19- Deal Breakers: When to Work On a Relationship and When to Walk Away By Dr. Bethany Marshall

20- Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship By Mira Kirshenbaum

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